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post #1 of 23 Old 02-20-2018, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Eco plug (oil drain plug) test

Well, I was having a great day yesterday. tearing up endless miles of gravel and dirt roads through middle GA and having a blast on the byways as well. Then I decided to go ahead and change my oil since it was about due, and I was at the auto shop anyways for a car battery.

Well, I got to working and wasn't paying much attention and I slapped the usual 14 on the socket and gave her a nice firm turn.........in the wrong direction! What a bonehead move! As soon as I felt it I knew, and sure enough I stripped off a couple of threads from the aluminum case which came out on the bolt.

SO.... the options:

1) Have the hole welded/re bored, or have a heli coil/ time sert installed after re boring. I have a friend who can do this work, but it would be money and time, and transporting the bike 6 hours round trip twice to make that happen. IF MY TEST FAILS THIS WILL BE MY ONLY OPTION.

2) Cut a new bolt that is longer to grab the threads. I know this has worked for some. Okay, okay.

3) An over-sized plug. NO. They rarely work well, and when they do it only holds a seal for a change or two before it doesn't.

4) Then I found Eco Plug. Google it if you haven't heard of it. I was skeptical. The magnetic piece seems to have no reliability concern after people's extended use, and is rated to hold oil for 300 years or something, but I have yet to find out if I will get a good seal from the apoxy and tapered bolt. The reviews are almost all great and praising how easy of a fix it provides for those who find themselves under my current misfortune, and is a much better/cheaper alternative at under $20. IF IT WORKS WELL.

SO.... since I couldn't find anyone's testimony of how this performs on our bikes, I thought I would start a thread to talk about MY experience with it so that we can all learn together. I will be your guinea pig. If it has leaks at any point, I will divert to option 1 and charlie-mike.

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post #3 of 23 Old 02-20-2018, 01:59 PM
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I have a VW van with a diesel engine and the oil drain plug has a huge washer sealing surface that constantly rusts in place. Almost every oil change I have to use a torch to get it loose. I will try one of these next oil change and will contribute any relevant info here too.
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Welcome! There can never be too many guinea pigs(myself included). Good luck.
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post #5 of 23 Old 02-20-2018, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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D.T. Thanks for posting a link to the product! I'm sure it will be useful.
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That looks very interesting option. What size thread did Suzuki use for a 05 DL1000?
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post #7 of 23 Old 02-20-2018, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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I believe all the Wee's are 14mm. From my research it is best to get the 3/4" length bolt and not the 1 1/4 due to the unnecessary excess which would protrude into the pan and further hinder draining the last bit of oil out with each change. So all told, I got the 12-16 mm 3/4 inch long.
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post #8 of 23 Old 02-21-2018, 05:49 AM
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Heli-Coil, then never worry about it again.
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My take on oil: Name brand, wet clutch compatible.....BAM good to go.
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D.T. Thanks for posting a link to the product! I'm sure it will be useful.
I bought a 1/4 turn drain plug for my Jeep off of Amazon. No more reaching up there with a wrench and blowing oil all over my hands etc and stripping stuff out.

I'd do it on the bikes but they hang down too far.

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post #10 of 23 Old 02-21-2018, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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^^^ My thoughts exactly - as to the hanging down too far since it is protruding from the bottom after all. I believe it will still not stick out lower than the exhaust goes, but we shall see. I'll try to post a picture if it works out.

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